Update: Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Children and Adolescents

Published: March 03, 2014

  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in childhood is rising, with higher rates of hypertension observed in non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American youths.
  • Since the 2008 release of the first AHA consensus recommendations for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in children and adolescents, the use of ABPM in this age group has increased.
  • Recent data and an updated classification scheme build on the 2008 AHA pediatric ABPM statement.